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If how to lose weight is a question that's been on your mind in 2018, we're here to help you answer it. Since the New Year always calls for a fresh start, because that's what New Year resolutions are all about, this is a good time to kick some old habits to the curb and adopt some healthy new ones. More often than not, the things you'd like to achieve in the coming 12 months are unfinished business from 2017 that you've carried with you into 2018. One of these things, without a doubt, is your never-ending quest to figure out how to lose weight. So, to help you achieve your weight loss target for the year as early as possible, we're letting you in on an exercise and diet routine that could change your life for the better. Not only will it help you drop weight but it will also help you achieve your fitness goals much earlier than you thought you ever could.
Do the raw food diet if you enjoy raw veggies and fruits. If you dislike meat and are tired of cooking, this one's for you. The raw food diet consists entirely of foods that have not been cooked. You lose weight by consuming loads of fresh vegetables and fruits. Coconut milk, nuts, seeds and other uncooked foods are also allowed on the raw food diet.[14]
Create a seven-day meal plan. This meal plan should include three main meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), scheduled at the same time of day, as well as two small snacks (between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner), also schedule at the same time of day. This will ensure you eat at a consistent time for all seven days and do not skip or miss a meal. Eating about 1,400 calories a day, combined with daily exercise, can lead to healthy weight loss.[4]
No Sugar and salt in moderation- Refined stuff is a strict no-no, and when it comes to sugar, it is best if you stick to natural sweeteners, like raw honey or stevia. Steer clear of refined table salt and choose rock salt or the Himalayan pink salt. Common salt has fallen out of favor recently as it results in a depletion of important minerals from your body at the cellular level.
I started Day 1 on New Year's Day. Today is Day 2. It worked! I dropped 1.5 lbs!! On Day 1 I followed closely to the plan except that I ate a lot less than allowed. I'm a short person, and 1 apple, 1 orange and 1/4 pomegranate were all I needed for the day. I also drank 6 cups of water (my day was short; I got up at 2p). I did not have any hunger pangs nor was I tempted by other foods.

So I am diabetic, I started this diet last Thursday after running it by my Dr. on Wednesday. He gave the thumbs up. I had received my latest A1C and LDL test results that day. Since stopping my Metformin and Atorvastatin in December of 2017, my A1C went from 5.4 to 7.6 and my LDL from 59 to 189 and my weight was up from 250 to 271 so, clearly it's beyond the time I have to do something. Well it's back on the meds and started this diet. I have been monitoring my sugar levels several times a day because of all of the sugar in the fruit and I can tell you, I was worried the first day. I would check my sugar 1 hour after meals and it would be 159, 161, 179 but, then I noticed if I just waited to check it an extra hour later my levels dropped significantly to 139, 107, 118 etc. Today is the start of Day 4 and I just checked my sugar and it's at 94 so, it's doing what it is supposed to do. :) I did cook 2 hardboiled eggs on Day 3 for lunch just because I was feeling like I needed some protein. You know that feeling you get when your body is trying to fight off a cold? That's what it felt like which is probably just normal for a diet detox. My take is it's doing it's job (as long as I do mine). Day 1 was O.K. not easy but, manageable, Day two was pretty easy actually, Day 3 was pretty easy as well except for the "run-down" feeling. I have been looking forward to today for it's HUMP DAY!! I get milk and bananas!! My tips so far are: Make the Soup on Day 1 because you can eat the soup everyday. The recipe makes a lot so I portioned it out and froze it. When I wanted a bowl I just popped it in the microwave. Each time I would add a little different spice...one may be adding some Cumin for a Taco Soup flavor, another may be adding some turmeric and curry or some Italian Herbs. That way I didn't get bored with eating the same thing every time. On veggie days I would make them into a stir fry with just 1 TBS of olive oil. I'm not sure if you can use Soy Sauce so, I didn't. I don't like just plain baked potatoes so, I did sprinkle on some powdered butter.....like you add to pop-corn. It wasn't the same but, it gave that false sense of creaminess without the added fat. I don't know if I have lost any weight or not. I have not exercised at all. I'm assuming I would have to be losing something though because I'm definitely eating less of the bad carbs and fat and calories. My plan is to do the 7 days with 3 off days after where I just eat regular healthy meals that are high in protein and low in carbs and fat and then back on the 7 day plan. I'm hoping for a 20lb loss a month goal but, I'm not good at keeping long term goals so, that's why I chose the 7 day goal. I can stick with almost anything for 7 days. :)
Many television ads are now pitching devices that supposedly stimulate muscles to contract repeatedly without exercise. I even saw an infomercial for an "ab belt" that claimed it does the work of 700 sit-ups in 10 minutes! The ad shows people doing various abdominal exercises the wrong way, hating every second of it, versus smiling men and women going about their days with "Ab-whatevers" strapped around them. How enticing!
If you’re only getting a minimal amount of sleep each night, that leaves more time for you to snack and make otherwise unhealthy decisions that could affect your weight loss. Although it will vary from person to person on how much sleep you actually need to be most effective (and therefore make progress toward your weight loss goals), the ideal number is typically 7 or 8 hours, says Dr. Cheskin.
The 25-Minute Sprint Fartlek Workout: “Fartlek” means “speed play” in Swedish. This type of HIIT program combines continuous training with speed intervals. You control the intensity and speed of each interval, so the training can feel spontaneous and engaging. This program focuses on cardio training, where you walk, jog, or sprint for set amounts of time.

Eat smaller portions to help you cut back on calories. You don’t need to give up your favorite foods to lose weight. Similarly, choosing healthier dishes doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want. Instead, portion out your meals using measuring cups or special spoons that measure out servings. Alternatively, make things easy by eating off smaller plates or bowls, which trick your eye into thinking your servings are bigger.[5]
Consume more vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. Shape your meals so they contain one protein source, one low fat source and one low carb vegetable source. Your carb intake should be in the recommended range of 20-50 grams per day.[1] Don't feel that you must restrict yourself to a small number of foods. You can enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods that provide a large array of nutrients.
Ah, quinoa. This healthy, rich-tasting whole grain/seed has so many nutritional riches that it puts refined grains like white rice to shame. Tofu is the perfect sidekick because it’s both waistline-friendly (per bite, tofu tends to have about one-third the calories of meat and poultry) and heart-friendly (tofu has no artery-damaging saturated fat or cholesterol).
Clean the spinach and blanch it in boiling water for 3 minutes and then put it in a bowl full of ice-cold water for 5 minutes. Drain the leaves and keep aside. In a dry pan add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and sauté the onions, ginger and garlic.  Pour the onion mixture and spinach leaves in a grinder and grind them to from a fine paste. Now, in a non-stick pan toss the paneer cubes till they turn slightly brown. Again brush some oil on the non-stick pan, add the onion and spinach mixture, dry masala powders, shahjeera, salt and simmer for a few minutes, add the sautéed paneer cubes, simmer for few minutes and enjoy hot with brown rice.
Your parents weren't kidding about how important veggies are for a healthy body. What they probably didn't tell you, however, was that snacking on veggies is also one of the easiest ways to shed unwanted belly fat, too. According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, opting for non-starchy veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, and cucumber, as snacks helped overweight kids shed 17 percent of their visceral fat while improving their insulin sensitivity over a five-year period. Think snacking on veggies will leave you hungry? The 20 Most Filling Fruits and Veggies will have your belly satisfied in no time.
“Most people who have been lean their whole lives have a much better understanding of proper portion size than people who are overweight,” says Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. “If they go out to eat, they’re much more likely to ask for a doggie bag right away or to leave food on their plate rather than cleaning it up.”
We just don't feel full by liquid calories in quite the same way as we do real food. Drinking a juice or caramel coffee drink just isn't as satisfying as eating a bowl of veggie- and protein-packed stir-fry. So monitor your intake of juice, soda, sweetened coffee and tea, and alcoholic beverages. If you consume each of those beverages during the day, you'll have taken in at least 800 extra calories by nighttime — and you'll still be hungry. (Incidentally, alcohol may suppress the metabolism of fat, making it tougher for you to burn those calories.)
Make your own. It’s easy! From one 14-ounce can of no-salt-added cannelini beans, spoon out 2 tablespoons of beans. Puree the rest. In a medium nonstick pot, sauté 5 cloves of chopped garlic until translucent. Add 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth and 1 head of escarole, chopped, or a package of frozen chopped spinach. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add pureed beans, red pepper flakes and black pepper, to taste, and cook 1 minute longer. Garnish with the beans you spooned out plus, if you desire, a little chopped red bell pepper. Refrigerate or freeze what you don’t eat for easy soup prep for a future lunch or dinner.
If you’re only getting a minimal amount of sleep each night, that leaves more time for you to snack and make otherwise unhealthy decisions that could affect your weight loss. Although it will vary from person to person on how much sleep you actually need to be most effective (and therefore make progress toward your weight loss goals), the ideal number is typically 7 or 8 hours, says Dr. Cheskin.

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While no single food can "spot train" belly fat, some smart swaps can also improve gut health (eliminating cramps and gas!) and help you feel less puffy. Veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, fish, whole grains, and other smart choices loaded with fiber and protein will keep you fuller longer, all while working their nutrient-powered magic. When it comes to healthy eating and weight loss, these plant-based foods loved by registered dietitians have your back.


Have a filling, healthy dinner every night. Finish your day with a dinner that is filling but will not overload your metabolism or create fat that is hard for your body to burn. Keep your dinner within 500 calories a meal and focus on a balance of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. You can also rotate lunch and dinner options every day for variety.[8]
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